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Analysis of the Broadband Services Availability Index

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The President of UKE presents an analysis of the Broadband Services Availability Index for data transmission in the years 2013-2014.


Analysis of the Broadband Services Availability Index comprises results for 5 indicators. The most important is the Broadband Services Availability Index itself, which is explained and described with four additional components:
  1. Broadband Infrastructure Availability Index
  2. Broadband Service Penetration Index
  3. Broadband Infrastructure Competition Index
  4. Sustainable Infrastructure Availability Index
The number of municipalities for which the values of indexes are at the level of 0.5 or higher increased in the years 2013-2014. This positive trend means that the number of areas where over 50% of dwellings have access to infrastructure (services) that enables Internet usage, especially with the speed of 30 Mbps or higher. The number of municipalities characterised with the index values of <0.9 – 1 also increased. Such effects result in an increase in the number of areas where basically all dwellings have access to broadband infrastructure and services. In the overall view attention should be put to the growing average values of indexes which prove a general positive increase in infrastructure and services availability, especially infrastructure ensuring speeds of 30 Mbps and more.

Broadband Infrastructure Availability Index and Broadband Service Penetration Index are in line with the National Broadband Plan (NBP) goals and have been calculated for particular municipal areas:
  • Broadband Infrastructure Availability Index can be used to verify NBP as regards "ensuring universal access to the Internet connectivity of at least 30 Mbps by the end of 2020",
  • Broadband Service Penetration Index can be used to check how advanced is the NBP implementation in terms of ensuring that "50 % of households have access to internet connectivity of 100 Mbps by the end of 2020" and can be used to examine the implementation of the National Development Strategy 2020 as regards "increasing the use of digital technologies".
In addition, construction of the indicators and their correlation allow for conducting a unique analysis with the use of very detailed data. Results of this analysis can be compared to the objectives of the Digital Agenda for Europe connected with ensuring Internet access of a speed of 30 Mbps and 100 Mbps.

The analysis was based on data collected in the System of Information on Broadband Infrastructure (SIIS). The results are presented for municipal areas, but the starting point for the analysis was a database of over seven million address points in Poland, comprising:
  • over 13.9 million dwellings in 2013, and
  • over 14.1 million dwellings in 2014.
The analysis took into account also information about the number of broadband services and network termination points. The SIIS database comprised information on 5,640,885 and 6,359,524 network termination points reported as of the end of 2013 and 2014, respectively, which were used by telecommunications undertakings to provide 15,318,750 and 15,417,139 broadband services, respectively.
Identification of Broadband Services Availability Index with the use of the aforesaid data allows for unambiguous and structured analysis of the development of particular administrative areas of Poland as regards broadband infrastructure and broadband services availability to end users.

We encourage you to read the full report available in attachment. At the same time please be informed that Broadband Services Availability Index analysis for 2015 will soon be published, together with a summary of broadband infrastructure development and service availability for the years 2013-2015.
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